Eti­had Group show­cases fu­ture of air travel dur­ing UAE In­no­va­tion Week

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

KUWAIT: Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak AlNahyan, Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Knowl­edge De­vel­op­ment and Her Ex­cel­lency Noura bint Mo­hammed Al-Kaabi, Min­is­ter of State for Fed­eral Na­tional Coun­cil Af­fairs, have vis­ited Eti­had In­no­va­tion Week, as part of UAE In­no­va­tion Week.

Dur­ing a tour at Eti­had In­no­va­tion Cen­tre, the VIP dig­ni­taries were shown the fu­ture of air travel and how the power of tech­nol­ogy can en­hance the guest ex­pe­ri­ence. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan praised Eti­had Avi­a­tion Group for its in­no­va­tion strat­egy and for en­cour­ag­ing young peo­ple to em­brace tech­nol­ogy.

The air­line is dis­play­ing a world where guests’ names are known be­fore they ap­proach check-in, favourite movies are cued up and ready prior to board­ing and per­son­al­ized travel itin­er­ar­ies are gen­er­ated au­to­mat­i­cally - all sup­ported by the lat­est tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing IBM Wat­son.

This week’s vis­i­tors to the In­no­va­tion Cen­tre can also meet Pep­per, the hu­manoid ro­bot, de­signed with the abil­ity to read emo­tions and adapt its be­hav­ior ac­cord­ingly, while “Chef Wat­son” is cre­at­ing orig­i­nal recipes for guests by cog­ni­tively an­a­lyz­ing fla­vors and in­gre­di­ents.

James Ho­gan, Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Eti­had Avi­a­tion Group, said: “We op­er­ate in a highly com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment and in or­der to meet our guests ex­pec­ta­tions and de­liver op­ti­mized ef­fi­cien­cies, an ag­gres­sive ap­proach to tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion is a ne­ces­sity - not an op­tion.”

Last year, Eti­had Air­ways signed a US$700 mil­lion strate­gic part­ner­ship with IBM to trans­form the air­line’s global tech­nol­ogy op­er­a­tions with cloud, an­a­lyt­ics, mo­bile, se­cu­rity and cog­ni­tive tech­nolo­gies.

Eti­had In­no­va­tion Week also fea­tures a Hackathon where univer­sity stu­dents com­pete by us­ing IBM Wat­son’s cog­ni­tive tech­nol­ogy to pro­duce so­lu­tions for the travel in­dus­try. The three-day chal­lenge, in­volv­ing stu­dents from uni­ver­si­ties in Abu Dhabi, is be­ing hosted with Cog­nit, a joint ven­ture be­tween Mubadala and IBM Wat­son.

Fol­low­ing the tour, Noura Al Kaabi, com­mented: “I have en­joyed my visit to Eti­had In­no­va­tion Week, as part of the coun­try-wide cel­e­bra­tions, to see and hear the lat­est news on how the com­pany is in­cor­po­rat­ing tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tive prac­tices to the ben­e­fit of the cus­tomer, the econ­omy and the wider travel and tourism in­dus­try. I was also de­lighted to see the par­tic­i­pa­tion of univer­sity stu­dents in the ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Eti­had Avi­a­tion Group has in­vested bil­lions of dol­lars on tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion to stream­line busi­nesses across the group and en­hance the guest ex­pe­ri­ence, sup­ported by part­ner­ships with world lead­ing tech­nol­ogy firms, in­clud­ing IBM, SAP, Sabre, Adobe, Cog­nizant, and SITA.

UAE In­no­va­tion Week, run­ning un­til 26 Novem­ber, is one of the largest in­no­va­tion ini­tia­tives in the world and aims to strengthen the UAE’s po­si­tion as a global in­no­va­tion hub.

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan, Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Knowl­edge De­vel­op­ment talk­ing to stu­dents at Eti­had In­no­va­tion Week.

Noura bint Mo­hammed Al Kaabi, Min­is­ter of State for Fed­eral Na­tional Coun­cil Af­fairs vis­it­ing Eti­had In­no­va­tion Week.

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al-Nahyan, Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Knowl­edge De­vel­op­ment look­ing over the tech­nol­ogy at Eti­had In­no­va­tion Week.

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